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ings, for which this wonderful planet was created. I am in awe contemplating even a glimpse of the infinite reasons we have to give gratitude. What bounty is ours. Regardless of humans’ environmental abuses, Earth continues to generously provide for our needs. Despite rancorous politicians, Americans continue to be blessed with the greatest freedom, indomitable spirit and overall prosperity on the world scene. Personally, I am privileged to shepherd the publication of a magazine that serves as the green, healthy and sustainable living authority in our regional marketplace; I love having the daily opportunity to help educate, inform and inspire everyone to take better care of themselves and our Earthly home. Readers throughout the Dallas Metroplex and North Texas communities regularly tell me how they run to pick up the magazine each month and learn about helpful issues and events in these pages. I feel encouraged that by following my triple passions for producing, sharing and teaching, and extolling the necessity of integrating healthy living with a healthy environment, I have realized my Godgiven ministry and life purpose. I’m delighted to know that so many are resonating with Lisa Marshall’s feature article, “Fashion a Passion-Driving Life: Realize Your Purpose and Feed Your Soul.” Why not join in giving even more life and breath and movement to your own passions starting right now—what haven’t you yet dared to explore? Get a jumpstart with Janet Attwood’s “Passion Test,” on page 20. There’s little that is more exhilarating than feeling fully engaged in your life through work, play and prayer. As yet another aid, Jack Canfield, best known as co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, shares his latest success tips for overcoming obstacles and achieving the life we aim for on page 26. So often, we let rational arguments stay us from a divinely directed next step that is custom-made to accelerate our progress, yet it’s always our choice. Next, check out the purposeful paths to success by our two Community Spotlight experts, Dr. Rebeca Gracia, a compounding pharmacist, and Dr. Latonya Smith, a local holistic dentist. While we are immersed in expressing appreciation for all we have received, as well as the good still to come, let us vow now not to allow the stress of endless to-dos steal our goodwill and gratitude. Instead, let us take a moment every day to reflect on blessings great and small. It’s the secret to receiving ever more of the good that our Creator is waiting to heap upon us. With heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for a joyous holiday season,

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he 41st annual Candlelight in the Park, where everyone can experience the warm glow of history and celebrate the season among the rich and unique historic assets found at the Dallas Heritage Village, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m., December 8 and 9. The historic buildings will be dressed in traditional holiday decorations dating from 1840 to 1910. Dallas Heritage Village is home to the largest and finest collection of 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. Included this year will be carriage rides along candlelit paths and hayrides pulled by an antique tractor or Nip and Tuck, two mammoth jack donkeys, a photo with St. Nicholas at the bandstand, novel storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, local dancers, choirs and other entertainers on the Main Street stage. Interpreters in traditional costume throughout the museum bring history to life, with strolling carolers throughout the village and inside the historic buildings, along traditional holiday activities and period games for kids of all ages. Proceeds help Dallas Heritage Village provide educational programs for more than 25,000 school children each year. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Onsite parking is available. For more information, call 214-421-5141 or visit

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he 45th annual Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will begin at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, starting and ending at the Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla Street. The Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country, drawing a record 36,820 participants in 2011 and setting a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as turkeys. This year, participants have the option of being timed on either the eight-mile or 5K events. The Turkey Trot is a YMCA tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. There are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and more. The Dallas YMCA supports strong kids, strong families and strong communities, all of which are represented at the Trot.


Dallas Arboretum exhibit by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly will now run through the end of the year, instead of November 5. Attendance at the Arboretum has more than doubled, with more than 461,000 visitors since May, when the exhibit opened. Board Chairman Brian Shivers characterized the move as a “holiday gift to the city.” The exhibition features whimsical, colored glass sculptures made by the Washingtonbased artist. The pieces have been on display outside in the Arboretum gardens, where a June storm with baseball-sized hail damaged some of them, necessitating repairs. The exhibit is open every day through December 31 and three nights a week—Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, providing two amazingly different experiences. Between December 26 and 30, the exhibition will be open every night for a special end-of-the-year rush before the sculptures are moved for good.

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he first week of December features the opening of two new light rail stations as part of DART’s Blue Line expansion. The Downtown Rowlett Station, located at 3601 Melcer Road, links Downtown Garland to Downtown Rowlett beginning December 3. The Northlake College Station, located on the south side of the college campus, near MacArthur Boulevard and Walnut Hill Lane, in Irving, will serve the students and staff of North Lake College. The station lies between Las Colinas Urban Center and DFW International Airport and down the street from the Four Seasons Resort and Club,

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hrimp cocktail is a popular holiday appetizer, but may not be the healthiest menu choice. Researchers at Texas Tech University have found evidence of antibiotics in samples of farm-raised shrimp of international origin imported onto U.S. grocery shelves. The antibiotics present included nitrofuranzone, a probable human carcinogen. Two samples of the seafood tested in major cities contained levels of nitrofuranzone that were 28 and 29 times higher than the amount allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Domestic shrimp harvested from the Gulf of Mexico also contained carcinogens and toxicants, according to a recent article by Equally unsettling, most farmraised shrimp is far from sustainable, says Oregon researcher J. Boone Kauffmann, who estimates that 50 to 60 percent of shrimp farms worldwide are built on cleared mangrove areas. The shrimp produced from these farms have a carbon footprint up to 10 times higher than beef from cows raised on cleared Amazon rainforest areas.


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hen scientific studies first provided evidence that cranberries are a powerful agent in fighting urinary tract infections (UTI), the supplement industry was fast to react by putting cranberry pills and extracts on the market. But are they as effective as drinking cranberry juice or eating the sauce? Recent analysis by Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers answers. The researchers tested proanthocyanidins (PAC), a group of flavonoids found in cranberries and thought to be what gives the juice its infection-fighting properties, offering hope that these could translate into an effective extract. However, the report concluded that cranberry juice itself is far better at preventing biofilm formation—the precursor of infection—than PACs alone. The virulent form of E. coli bacteria that is the cause of most UTIs is covered with small, hair-like projections, known as fimbriae, which act like hooks and latch onto cells that line the urinary tract. When enough bacteria adhere to the cells, they form a biofilm that leads to infection. Cranberry juice prevented the bacteria from forming this biofilm, while PACs alone were not as effective.

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African Savannas Hold Clues to Drought Relief This year, much of the United States has experienced the most severe drought since the 1950s, prompting governors to declare emergency conditions. There is no guarantee that the crisis will be alleviated, but new research points to a way that farmers may be better able to cope. In the hotter, drier climate of the semiarid African savanna, flowing between the Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea, farmers have successfully fought back an expanding Sahara Desert and turned once dry, uncultivated scrub into highly productive farmland. The key to success is allowing trees to grow where they once cut them down, and adopting agricultural techniques that take full advantage of scarce water resources. Experts claim that today’s American farmers should recognize the benefits that trees can bring to even the most arid plots of land. Chris Reij, a sustainable land management specialist at Free University Amsterdam, who has worked in Africa since 1978, observes, “Given the situation in the U.S. corn belt, these practices might help farmers in Kansas and Iowa adapt to more extreme weather and help make their crops more resistant to drought.” Adding more trees, planted in rows between crops or bordering fields, could provide many of the same benefits found in Africa: improved soil and water quality and windbreaks that keep dry topsoil from going airborne. Fallen leaves and twigs inject nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for expensive fertilizers that can also pollute nearby streams or wells. Trees cool temperatures on a local scale, trap carbon and clean the air. Their roots are natural filters between fields and waterways and can help keep soil moist. Plus, tree fruits and nuts provide food for farm animals and wildlife. It’s an Early American agriculture tradition worth revisiting. Find more information from the USDA National Agroforestry Center at

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Fast Food that’s Good Food Mike Roberts, once the president and CEO of McDonald’s, has cofounded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant chain that aims to serve healthy food on a fast-food scale. The acronym Lyfe stands for Love Your Food Everyday, and the food is made without butter, cream, white sugar, white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans fats or additives. He foresees hundreds of the alternative bistros opening across the country, all serving locally sourced, sustainable gourmet meals with the efficiency and economy usually found in a fast-food chain. With free-range chicken; burgers from grass-fed, humanely raised cattle; roasted kabocha squash; beet and rice salad and Napa cabbage salad, costs are expected to be pricey at first, but decrease as more locations are added. Visit

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No Cookie-Cutter Solutions at Whole Life Pharmacy by Tom Masloski


hole Life Pharmacy, in Dallas, provides customers with individualized pharmaceutical products that have been custom prepared to meet the precise therapeutic needs of each patient. These one-of-a-kind formulations are a far cry from the mass-produced bottles of medicine found in nationwide chain pharmacies. Dr. Rebeca Gracia, founder of Whole Life Pharmacy and its chief compounding pharmacist, states that her mission is to first identify the problems a patient may be having with available medications and the way they are administered, and then then to solve the problem with a specialized, unique medication or dosage format. “By satisfying the orders of their physicians and other caregivers with dedicated medications,” says Gracia, “we are enabling our patients, some of whom are at a dead-end with conventional medicine, to get optimum pharmaceutical care.” She adds, “Optimum care is defined as the responsible provision of meticulously prepared drug therapy that results in outcomes that improve the patient’s quality of life.” In addition to medications formulated to a specific potency for patients unable to tolerate available over-the-counter strengths, or therapies that combine two or more medications, customized therapy includes alternative dosage forms. This might be as simple as a flavored formulation to make it more palatable or formulations that are preservative- or dye-free for allergic patients. The unique factor might be injectable dosage formats for those unable to take medications by mouth, or suppositories instead of capsules and tablets. Medications may even be prepared as a topical gel, sublingual application or a lip balm. Gracia is degreed as a doctor of pharmacy, master of clinical science, master of public health and a diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology, with patient oriented research certification. The doctor’s philosophy and business model are influenced by her observations as executive director of the North Texas Poison Center. As a clinical pharmacist at Baylor Specialty Hospital, Gracia was well aware that commercial pharmaceuticals do not meet every need. Her work took her into many compounding laboratories, so she could see for herself the varying quality control and sometimes-poor conditions that exist. Whole Life Pharmacy’s customized pharmacy services also extend to a wide range of all-natural beauty products and designer skin care products such as eye cream, hair conditioners and bath soaks. “We help our patients develop a plan that goes beyond treating the disease,” Gracia notes. “For example, 14

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Dr. Gracia says, “We are a family business; most days you will find at least one, if not all of my kids here at work with me! My husband, Douglas, is now a nurse - but was a pharmacy technician for several years. Trinity is 6, Sofia is 4 and Patrick is 8 months old.”

the health of the skin is often affected by high blood pressure. Some diseases create problems with the hair.” A host of items for men, senior citizens and children are available by mail from the pharmacy’s website. There is also a special service called The Soap Bar, which allows customers to create their own personalized soap. Select the essential or therapeutic oils, exfoliates, therapeutics, fragrance and shape—even the natural color— and the soap will be formulated to those specifications. Those concerned about custom compounding pharmacies should take note of Gracia’s stringent quality assurance program. “Quality control was my first consideration when I established my laboratory,” she says. “A sample of every product batch is sent for testing to a third-party laboratory with impeccable credentials. Such thorough testing isn’t required by law, but it’s an absolute must for Whole Life Pharmacy’s philosophy.” Location: 1130 Dragon St. For more information, call 214741-3332 or visit Tom Masloski is a freelance writer whose credits include Ad Age, Chicago Magazine and Western Life.

Earth Institute Serves as Sustainability Rally Point by Tom Masloski


he best way to predict the future is to help create it. Since 1993, the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has been leading the curious and the motivated to take responsibility for the Earth. Through discussion courses and their annual EcoChallenge, communities are helped to engage in meaningful conversations that leads to “Aha!” moments about the way people live, work, create and consume. The result is a life that is simpler, richer and better for people and for the planet. Discussion courses are offered in private workplaces; community and neighborhood centers; nature and science centers; through nonprofits to boost community involvement; and as program offerings to members and stakeholders as part of city and municipality level sustainability initiatives. Another avenue is via individuals or groups not associated with any organization. Other venues where NWEI courses have been held include libraries and faith centers, as part of seasonal program offerings. NWEI discussion courses have proved an excellent tool for building community, because they generate positive rapport among coworkers or community stakeholders; serve as an outreach tool for organizations or initiatives seeking to build support around local issues; have been used as an effective membership program component and community engagement tool; and provide an opportunity for enrichment and community education at no cost to the organization offering the programs. Because the courses allow for a powerful sense of connection to develop within the group, organizations and municipalities have promoted them within

their communities to both build awareness and to foster a spirit of community. Many of these small groups have continued to meet after the course, while some have taken on specific sustainability projects. Others have gone on to volunteer with the promoting organization. In addition to very personal experiences that emerge from the courses, many organizations have commented on the role that motivated participants continue to play in their organizations. The DFW group is looking for people to participate. Each group will comprise four to 10 people and meet once a week for four to seven weeks. The format of these groups is like a book club—everyone reads the week’s chapter, requiring about one hour of advance reading, and comes prepared to discuss it. Group members take turns facilitating the discussion using questions provided in the reading materials. Prospective participants should

first read the course descriptions online at Then, they should let the local facilitator know which courses they are interested in. There has already been interest expressed in A World Of Health, Hungry For Change, Discovering A Sense Of Place and Menu for the Future. Once the specific study course has been agreed upon, books are ordered from NWEI. Most course books cost $25, and is the only cost of taking a course. For more information contact Kirk Miller, phone 972-699-1687 e-mail and Tom Masloski is a freelance writer whose credits include Ad Age, Chicago Magazine and Western Life. natural awakenings

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pon visiting a traditional dental office, the dentist usually examines a patient’s teeth as the first order of business. At Providence Dental Health & Wellness Center, in Grand Prairie, Dr. Latonia Smith will first regard the “total you.” Unless there is pain or some immediate attention needed, it might be the second or third visit before treatment begins. “My goal is to provide dentistry that enhances your overall health and improves the quality of your life,” says Smith. “I see my role as a partner in your health, helping you make informed decisions. Before I perform the exploratory exam, I’ll sit with you, away from the operatory, and have a oneon-one discussion about you and your physical and emotional health.” Smith believes that a person’s lifestyle affects their total health, which includes mouth and gum health. She explains, “We chat about eating habits and oral hygiene, but more importantly, I want to know about the stress my patients are under, if they have suffered any significant losses and what frustrations they have in their lives.” There is a health history form to complete, but it’s the face-to-face contact that really helps Smith develop a treatment plan for the patient. Childhood experiences in a dental office may be discussed, as may the patient’s per-

sonal relationships. All of it is important background for an effective total dental care and health plan. The compiled information enables her to explain the plan and why certain tests or actions are needed.

Removing bacteria and infection is always the first step in treatment before whatever more complex and sophisticated procedures may be necessary, but helping a patient understand the cause of decay and how to minimize future decay is equally important. Dietary changes, vitamin supplements and stress relief are some other ways dental health can be improved. Smith notes that Providence Dental treatment plans are not limited to the mouth. She notes, “I might, for example, recommend massage therapy or acupuncture to a patient with chronic back pain to help them with their overall comfort, as well as during their time in the dental chair. My experience working in community health clinics taught me the value of having a deeper connection with my patients, of understanding them and communicating my concern.” Location: 2701 Osler Dr., Ste. 10. For more information, call 972-641-2400 or visit Tom Masloski is a freelance writer whose credits include Ad Age, Chicago Magazine and Western Life.

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that feed their souls more than their bank accounts. Off-the-clock volunteerism is soaring. Due to working and earning less, people are also consuming less, cooking, sewing and gardening more, rediscovering forgotten passions and relationships and finding new ones in the process. “When the economy tanked, it prompted a real moment of spiritual awakening for all of us,” observes Sue Frederick, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally renowned career counselor who also applies her intuitive skills in helping clients like Readnower find their muse. “We are no longer able to hide out behind jobs and benefits that might not have been a good fit for us to begin with. People are remembering their soul’s mission and waking up to the true work they are intended to do.” At the leading edge of the purposedriven career movement is the millennial generation, now in their 20s through

In the midst of uncertainties, many are asking, “Why am I here?”

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hree years ago, Cindy Readnower felt as if work was swallowing her life. As a single mom with two sons to support and two franchise restaurants to run in Sarasota, Florida, she routinely would get up at 4 a.m. and go to bed after midnight. She didn’t see enough of her boys. “I never had a free moment to just shut down and think about what I really wanted,” she recalls. Then the economy collapsed, forcing her to shutter her businesses, file for bankruptcy and consult with a career counselor to plan her next steps. Today, at 57, she’s working as a life coach and business consultant and as she sees it, living the life she is meant to live. “When you hit hard times and say, ‘My worst fears have come true; what am I going to do now?’ It makes you realize you will only find true success when you follow your passion,” she says.


Readnower represents what some see as the silver lining in these challenging economic times. At a time of high unemployment, when some can’t find a job and others are working grueling hours to compensate for laid-off coworkers, many Americans are stepping off the corporate hamster wheel and sincerely asking themselves: “What is my purpose here, and how can I realize it?”

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According to a recent study by the nonprofit, which helps older Americans pursue more meaningful careers, as many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 have already transitioned into encore careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck. Another 31 million would like to. Meanwhile, surveys show that new college grads are increasingly gravitating toward nonprofit and public sector jobs

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early 30s. Having come of age amidst the Enron Corporation scandal, 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the 2008 economic collapse, they’re graduating from college with a more holistic perspective on what constitutes a good career. “The decade in which we have matured has been turbulent in almost every dimension,” says John Coleman, 31, a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and co-author of Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. “This generation is looking at a world that has so many problems and saying, ‘The old opportunities are not there anymore, so we have to create new ones.’ Many are actively seeking more meaning and purpose at work.” One 2010 survey of 500 MBA students found that when considering a long list of options for what they looked for in a career, they ranked “intellectual challenge” and “opportunity to impact the world” as their first and third priorities, bracketing “compensation” which ranked second.

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing, that matters. ~ Mother Teresa Another analysis by The New York Times found that in 2009, 11 percent more college graduates worked for nonprofits than in the previous year. Accordingly, Coleman’s book is packed with encouraging examples, from a Harvard MBA student and a U.S. Marine that co-founded a nonprofit addressing poverty in Kenya’s largest slum to a biomedical engineering grad that launched a web-based car-sharing service. This altruistic, purpose-driven career track seems a stark departure from that of the baby boomers, collectively referred to as the “me” generation for its materialistic ethos. Yet those that specialize in helping people find more meaningful lives say this group currently counts among their best and most focused customers. “We are at a time in the world when it is more socially acceptable to follow your passions,” says Janet Attwood, whose Passion Test workshops—established in 2004—are welcoming more people than ever. “In my day, my dad was so freaked out I’d end up homeless that he sent me to business school so I would learn how to type. Back then, parents never asked: ‘What turns you on?’” That’s a shame, remarks Frederick, because first hints at our purpose often bubble up in our youth. “I believe all of us know at some point what our gift is, but we often bury it and say, ‘I have to fit in and get a job with benefits and a good paycheck.’” There is an alternative.

below half today. “Plenty of people have already started down this path. They’re growing vegetables, raising chickens and keeping bees. They’re building their own homes, often with the help of friends and neighbors,” writes Boston University Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, Ph.D. In her groundbreaking book, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, she argues that contrary to many economists’ assumptions, a shorter work week and smaller economy is better for society as a whole. More, such a lifestyle, “allows people to build stronger social connections, maintain their physical and mental health and engage in activities that are more creative and meaningful.”

Any Example Proves the Rule

Ever since childhood days of helping her mother make clothing for the family, Juliette Bastian has had a passion for fashion design. Her love of dancing dates back to watching American Bandstand. But when it came to choosing a career, “There was always this trigger that went off in my head that said, ‘You need to make money,’” she explains. By her mid-40s, this San Dimas, California, resident boasted a six-figure salary and a successful, but not terribly fulfilling career doing accounting and strategic business planning. To indulge her creative side, she created colorful spreadsheets, but it wasn’t enough. “At one point, I acknowledged, ‘I am not happy walking into work anymore,’” recalls Bastian, now 52. “I felt like a hamster on a wheel.” Seven years ago, she walked out, and with Attwood’s help, set out to find her true callings. “People always think

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Attwood stresses that living in line with one’s passion isn’t just about work, noting, “It’s about your relationships and friends, your spirituality and health, what you consume and where you choose to live…” She asks clients to write down five life-defining passions (see sidebar) and use them as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passion,” she counsels. Attwood has observed firsthand how success often follows, because, “When you choose in favor of the things that have the greatest, deepest meaning for you, the universe supports you more than if you are just tepid and neutral about something.” For some, that has meant working fewer hours for less pay, in order to allow more time for clarifying meditation, family dinners, volunteering at a local shelter, taking a longyearned-for dance class or planning the next career shift. It has also led to willing trade-offs in buying less and doing more for oneself. According to the 2010 MetLife Study of the American Dream, 77 percent of Americans now say that achieving their big dream comprises improving the quality of their lives by strengthening personal relationships. As for millennials, 39 percent say they already have what they need. Also, those that feel growing pressure to buy more and better material possessions has dropped from 66 percent in 2006 to well

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This is the true joy of life—being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. ~ George Bernard Shaw you have to pick just one, but you have passions that run across every aspect of your life,” she says. “I now realize I am a dancer, fashion designer, family person and spiritual woman.” Bastian begins each week by making a color-coded “strategic plan of action,” making sure to include elements

of each of her five passions: financial freedom, exceptional relationships, optimal health, successful business ventures and an alliance with God. That means she’s back in school studying fashion design, and now makes time for dancing, church, family and a part-time careercoaching business. She says that it has been financially rough at times. But the “sacrifices”—like fewer hair appointments, fancy clothes, meals out and expensive holiday gifts for friends—have been well worth it. “I now have the flexibility, freedom and joy of knowing I am living who Juliette truly is,” she says with a smile. “I know I’ll be taken care of as long as I honor what truly matters to me.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at

Take the Passion Test Make a list of your passions; the 10 or 15 things most critical to your happiness and well-being. Start each entry with, “When my life is ideal, I am … ” (living in a beautiful house in the mountains, working in a job that changes lives, spending plenty of time with my children, etc.) Don’t worry about how you’ll get there. Just write it down. You become whatever you are committed to. “People often write down a passion, but if they can’t immediately see how they can manifest it, they erase it and instead write something down that they can easily put their arms around. In other words, they play it safe,” says Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Instead, think big. Narrow the list to your top five passions. Write all five passions down on five index cards.

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Post passions in places you will routinely see them, such as on the bathroom mirror and refrigerator door; display them prominently on your computer. Create a vision board (a collage of representations of your passions). “It’s an easy way to keep your attention on the things you really want to grow stronger in your life,” notes Attwood. Use these priority passions as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or opportunity, choose in favor of your passions,” advises Attwood. Then run to the goal with purpose in every step. Take the test again every six months, because passions can change and evolve over time.

More Purposeful Life Tips Make time for a spiritual life. Whether it’s pausing to meditate in the morning or going to church or temple, allow time to reflect upon who you are and what you really want. “If you are not setting aside time to explore these questions, you won’t find the answers,” says John Coleman, author of Passion and Purpose. Don’t limit yourself to one purpose, such as a job. Decide who you want to be, rather than focus on what you are doing or want to do. Seek out mentors, young and old, that appear to be living a passionate life and ask them how they reached their life space. If you have the option of working less to pursue other passions, consider it. To save money, think about what you can make, grow or do, rather than pay for. In the process, you may rediscover an old passion. Let your talents guide you. If you are good at something, the chances are you are passionate about it. Do more of it, and that doesn’t necessarily mean volunteering forever. Consider making a passion into a relevant career. “We are not here to give away our gifts for free and then go to a job we hate,” says career counselor Sue Frederick. Take baby steps. If you can’t quit your job to follow your passion quite yet, take baby steps. Write a business plan. Take a class. Start volunteering. Meanwhile, focus on activating passions in other areas of your life. What is one thing you should stop doing, and one thing you can start doing today? Additional sources: Janet Attwood, author of The Passion Test; Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude

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Rathbun found that small-batch distillers that use local and organic ingredients assure customers that they’re getting the real thing, with no unwanted extras. Koval, in Chicago, for instance, offers a naturally gluten-free millet whiskey that’s distilled from organic grain, and then aged in oak barrels made in Minnesota, deemed free of even trace amounts of gluten. Other gluten-free alcoholic beverages can include wines, vodka, tequila, brandy, bourbon and scotch. By contacting the maker or company directly, gluten-free fans can find out more about their beverage of choice. Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, for example, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit to be designated as glutenfree, is not labeled as such on the bottle. Gluten-free beers are appropriately labeled and include Sapporo, a Japanese beer brewed from rice; Green’s, a British beer made from a blend of sorghum, buckwheat, millet and brown rice; and O’Brien’s, an Australian beer using a blend of sorghum, millet and rice. Gluten-free beer lovers can also check locally for micro-brewed options.

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anda Urbanska’s dream home is more cottage than castle. D e s p i t e ch i l d hood yearnings for sprawling digs with a lavish pool, her concern for the planet’s welfare and a practical approach to finances has led her to a radically different fantasy: a home that is small, green and paid for. Owning a smaller home is a “triple hitter,” says the Harvard graduate and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life. “With a smaller home, we can pay off the mortgage quicker, use less furniture and have less space to clean and maintain, heat and cool.” Also, less space effects less consumption—needed more than ever as dwellings have increasingly turned into what Urbanska refers to as suffocating, “sinkholes of stuff, clogging the flow of energy and movement in our lives.” She predicts, “Once we’ve purged our systems of the excess, the focus will be on creating lives that are dynamic and streamlined, where the carbon cost of a thing is weighed along with its price tag, and where the focus is on usability, rather than ownership.” The rise of McMansions as part of a runaway “bigger is better” mentality saw the average American house size surge from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,521 square feet in 2007, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Due to the 2008 recession, many owners were left with upside-

down mortgages, causing newer homes to be more modest in size. Like the notorious sports utility vehicle (SUV) craze, now faded due to steep gas prices, the McMansion trend is quickly declining. “Today’s entrylevel buyer seems to prefer a far simpler presentation than what had been popular with their parents,” observes Heather McCune, former editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. “I don’t think it would be out of line to characterize it as an anti-McMansion attitude.” Real estate website recently reported that slightly more than half of Americans say that 1,400 to 2,600 square feet would be their ideal home size. According to the NAHB, nine of 10 builders are planning or constructing smaller homes than in the past. In 2010, the average new home size dropped to 2,377 square feet and by 2015, the average newly built home is predicted to measure just 2,140 square feet. Even in more affluent areas, builders are beginning to construct model homes that are one-third smaller than what they were building just a few years ago. “‘Small is beautiful’ is back in vogue,” remarks Andrew Gates, a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate broker in Salisbury, Connecticut. “The simplicity aesthetic is more prevalent after what we’ve been through the past few years.” Savings accrued from the purchase of a more sustainable, lower-impact

home allows reasonable investments toward modern, energy-efficient upgrades like bamboo flooring, water conservation and filtration devices and Energy Star appliances. The National Association of Realtors’ 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 90 percent of buyers considered heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances. “As advocates of energy efficiency, we have been encouraged by a change in home buyers’ and homeowners’ attitudes toward energy efficiency,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. With increased energy efficiency comes increased home value; a recent study in The Appraisal Journal indicates that the market value of a home increases by $10 to $25 for every dollar saved on annual fuel bills. Coinciding with smaller single-family living quarters is a boom in multigenerational homes across the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, as of 2010, 4.4 million homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15 percent increase from 3.8 millionplus homes just two years earlier. In multigenerational households, the need for expensive daycare is lessened, while grandparents and adult children can also contribute to household income by paying rent. Urbanska, who resides in North Carolina with her 90-year-old mother and 15-year-old son, says, “I’ve been able to save money on both child and elder care while staying close to Mother in her later years.” The rapid turn toward both financially and environmentally smarter habits looks like it’s here to stay, concludes Michelle Kaufmann, co-author of the acclaimed Prefab Green and a Sausalito, California, architect of eco-friendly homes. She says she is busier than ever, because these concepts are resonating widely. “It’s sad that it took a complete economic meltdown for people to appreciate smaller homes,” she observes, “but at least something good can come from it.” Lindsey Blomberg is a freelance writer in Sarasota, FL.

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Overcome Obstacles to Achievement

Jack Canfield Shares Insights on Creating Success by Linda Sechrist


ack Canfield is best known as co-author of The New York Times number-one bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages. A featured teacher in the films The Secret and Tapping the Source, he also has been interviewed on more than 1,000 radio and TV segments. He currently serves as CEO of The Canfield Training Group and president and founder of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Even with a wealth of webinars, teleclasses, workshops and other tools advising everyone how to live the life of their dreams, why do so many still struggle to feel successful? Just having a map in your hands doesn’t mean that you will get to your destination. Understanding your fears and limiting beliefs does not necessarily give you the ability to overcome them. Humans also have built-in protective mechanisms that often override their efforts to achieve their goals in order to maintain the status quo. While ideas presented in programs and courses to help people achieve success can inspire and motivate positive change, many people get stuck when they have to apply them. In the past, many of the methods used to overcome obstacles to success have been tedious and time consuming, requiring months or years of intense concentration and relentless perseverance. 26

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Why is it so challenging to make the changes necessary to succeed? The mind is divided into two hemispheres. One is responsible for rational, conscious thought and processes ideas sequentially, using language. The other is emotional, and processes ideas simultaneously, using pictures. The emotional, subconscious mind is far more powerful than the rational, conscious mind. It controls about 95 percent of our thoughts and actions and is motivated by the pull of pleasurable rewards and the push of negative emotions. To understand the challenge of change, think of the emotional mind as an elephant and the rational mind as the rider. As long as the elephant doesn’t have a strong desire to move in a particular direction, the rider can control the elephant. However, if the direction that the elephant wants to go in is different than what the rider has in mind, the chance of forcing the elephant radically diminishes. The reason that so many people fail to achieve success is that the elephantine subconscious is innately averse to the new action that needs to be taken. To make tasks much easier, the elephant must be motivated to move in a certain direction or, at the very least, remain neutral and not resist the rider. By applying some newer, cuttingedge tools that support change, such as tapping points along the body’s energy meridians, the approach used in the

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), it is not only possible to get the elephant to cease resisting, but can also shave time off the journey to personal power and accomplishment. Tapping can transform the beliefs and emotions that cause selfdoubt, self-sabotage, procrastination and other roadblocks. It is being used around the world to help people minimize or eliminate issues as varied as fears, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, food cravings and chronic pain.

What do you consider ultimate success? Many people report that after applying my 64 recommended success principles, they have achieved outstanding results in one area of their life, although they didn’t meet their expectations in another. Ultimate success isn’t about having only financial success, yet poor relationships; it’s about having success in all areas of your life. So, as practitioners like my co-author Pamela Bruner, a business success coach and EFT expert, teach the tapping technique, they verbally introduce a powerful success principle and note the resistance people might encounter when trying to implement that principle. This can be done in person or self-administered, as demonstrated on the DVD included in our book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success.

How can we support our goals in everyday life? I’ve learned that few people actually study the principles of success as they relate to life. In college or business school, students are taught management skills that apply to business, but not the skill sets or mindsets needed for success in their personal lives. Students in educational institutions of any kind never learn that they control their life. We all need to understand that the books we read, the TV shows we watch and the social environment we choose to immerse ourselves in all either undermine our success or support it. For more information, visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.


Grounded in Gratitude Embrace Every Gift Because Each Blessing Counts


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n counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts. Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays—the workers that helped construct and maintain the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace. Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks. Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful. As the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the whole universe. When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways. Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.” We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople. We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity. Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned. It feels good to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the

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simplest act of kindness. Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view—with its selfcentered expectations and demands—to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness. This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience. Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated. It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given. It helps to remain aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated. We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe. The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (

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A GING GRACEFULLY Good Ways to Care for Pets in their Golden Years by Sandra Murphy

We know that animals subjectively age faster than humans. What are the signs and how can we ease the way for an elderly pet?


s with humans, living longer doesn’t mean adding on time at the end, but adding to the middle, when pets can still enjoy themselves, maybe with some changes and modifications,” advises Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Mark Howes, owner of Berglund Animal Hospital, in Evanston, Illinois. “Pets deserve quality of life.” Howes believes the old rule of thumb—one human year equals seven dog years—has changed. Size and breed are also factors now. “A 7-yearold great Dane is a senior, but for a Pomeranian, it’s closer to 10,” he says. “For other breeds, 12 is not necessarily elderly.” Key signs that indicate a pet may be slowing down and require special attention include changes in appetite, mobility and social interaction with people and other pets. In general, watch for flagging desires, abilities and cooperation.


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Instead of visiting a veterinarian’s office, choosing a vet that makes house calls is one viable solution. This is how New York City-based Dr. Jonathan Leshanski has specialized in aiding pets for 15 years. “During home visits, I notice things a pet’s person may miss or misinterpret in the midst of daily companioning,” says Leshanski, who sees more cats than dogs. “Because house calls are convenient for owners, I see pets more often and can diagnose problems earlier.” Dr. Cathy Alinovi also takes to the road with her rural practice, Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, in Pine Village, Indiana. She’s found, “The best way to keep a pet healthy and present longer is to keep the brain active,” adding that clients attest that their dog lived well and longer because of early intervention. “Some treatments for maintaining flexibility in their body are as simple as massage and stretching,” she adds.

An older or ill pet can become a finicky eater whose diet needs revamping. Dogs can sometimes skip a meal or two, but it’s important for cats to eat regularly says Jodi Ziskin, a holistic nutrition consultant who specializes in companion animal care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Each animal is different, and it’s important to find the right food texture, smell and taste,” she notes. “Keep nutrients as pure and organic as possible and serve real meat and veggies. If a pet has trouble chewing or needs more fluids, try dehydrated foods, thinned by blending with filtered water to a puréed consistency. Don’t set food and water dishes on the floor—raise them so the pet’s head is higher than his stomach, which helps digestion.” Ziskin recalls how a holistic diet and supplements enabled her own cat, Kayla, diagnosed with chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome at age 14, to live twice as long as her original prognosis of three years. Acupuncture and subcutaneous fluid therapy complemented her nutritional program. For pets with chronic pain from arthritis or another ailment, veterinary house calls can literally be lifesavers, because they give owners more options than premature euthanasia. Dr. Karri Miller, a veterinary oncologist with Veterinary Healthcare Associates, in Winter Haven, Florida, advises, “Cancer treatments for pets are not as harsh as they are for people and have fewer side effects. Before making a decision about treatment, consult a veterinary oncologist and ask a lot of questions. More pets today are living longer with a good quality of life.” Dr. Kathleen Cooney, owner of Home to Heaven veterinary services, in Loveland, Colorado, likes the team approach. “We teach people to partner with their pet on a day-to-day basis and help take away the fear by educating the family to recognize the stages of aging and illness, pain and crisis, manage nutrition and live like their pets do—in the moment, not in the future. Understanding brings peace.”

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Bonus Energy Boosts In her book, Positive Energy, Dr. Judith Orloff offers simple strategies to help keep spirits high. The first is to choose our friends wisely. Most of us have encountered someone that repeatedly drains our energy and do well to recognize the signs of an “emotional vampire”: “Your eyelids get heavy and you feel like taking a nap,” she says. “Draw boundaries by learning that saying ‘No’ is a complete sentence.” For friends and relatives that always seem to be in the middle of a crisis: Do not encourage a drama king or queen by asking him or her how they are, advises Orloff. To deal with a chatterbox,“You must politely interrupt, as hard as that skill may be to learn.” Finally, “Laughter gives a big energy boost, so be silly and have fun.” Share a laughter break.

Taking small breaks from the workday can help increase energy and refocus attention on the tasks at hand. Getting away from the computer screen to weed the garden for 10 minutes or taking a quick turn around the block can quickly reverse an energy slump. tion for vanquishing it is a combination of exercise and emotional balancing: “You can’t be under stress and thankful at the same time,” he says. “So take a ‘thank-you’ walk every day and get the benefits of the physical exercise, as well as shifting emotions to a more positive state.” Dr. Judith Orloff, author of Positive Energy, adds, “Walking meditations are joyous exercises in mindfulness, putting one foot in front of the other and being in the now; set your critical mind aside to be replenished by the energy of the air, greenery and nature. “I also practice this short meditation throughout the day to calm myself and become more energized and clear,” she says. “For just three minutes, I close my eyes, focus on my breath and then envision a positive image, such as the night sky reflected in a body of water. These mini-tune-ups get you back to yourself, so you are centered and clear to continue your day.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books, including The Super Simple HCG Diet. Learn more at

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Chihuly Exhibit – Thru Nov 5. 9am-5pm. Chihuly Nights, 6-10pm. Last days to see Dale Chihuly’s bold sculptures exhibited throughout the Dallas Arboretum. Chihuly Nights offers illuminated view of exhibit Mons-Thurs. Day admission: $15/adults, $12/seniors, $9/children. Night admission: $20/ adults, $15/seniors, $10/children. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas. 214-515-6500. Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-8pm. Gourmet vegetarian cooking classes with Master Chef Manjuali Devi. $25 includes dinner. Kalachqandji’s, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889. Legend of Aahhh’s – 7:30-9:30pm. In this documentary Greg Stump explores the history of the ski film and how these films influenced big mountain skiing and pop culture with the birth of the extreme sports movement following the release of Blizzard of Aahhh’s in 1988. Showing in select theaters in DFW for a limited time. $9.75/adults, $8.50/seniors and students, $7.50/children. Studio Movie Grill Royal, 11170 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-361-2966. For locations:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Texas Alt Car Conference and Expo – Nov 2-3. 8:30am-6:30pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat. Nationally renowned event showcases all technologies including electric, natural gas, propane, biofuels, ethanol, hydrogen fuel cell and hybrids. On Friday, the conference will be directed towards fleets, municipalities and industries. On Saturday, the focus will be primarily geared to consumers. Each day: $25/advance, $35/at door. Plano Convention Centre, 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. Pamela Burns: 817-704-2510.

The Human Journey, Part 2 – Saturdays thru Dec 1. 10am-1pm. Part 2 of The Human Journey begins around 3500 B.C.E, when humans developed the first societies. Program also touches on the early histories of the Cretan, Elamite, Hittite, Indian and Chinese civilizations. $10/love offering per class. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106. 10th Annual Bounty Barter Fair – 10am-6pm. Local vendors will be selling jewelry, soaps, knitted goods, art, pottery and farmed raised food. Bartering is for the vendors mainly. Event also features free range farm animals, a petting farm, art and learning stations for kids and adults, plus an open mike and music by local musicians. Free. Elizabeth Anna’s Urban Farm and Garden Market, 2825 8th Ave, Fort Worth. 817-922-0930. Natural Health Shop’s 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair – 12-5pm. Health fair featuring 40 healthy living vendors, health screenings, food tastings, supplement samples, giveaways, music and other health-related activities. Free. Natural Health Shop, 400 N Coit Rd, Ste 1902, Richardson. 972-664-1990. Bicycling Basics – 2-3:30pm. Designed for beginners, class covers the types of bikes available and gear needed, along with an introduction to cycling safety and bike maintenance. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989.

Day Hike Trinity River Greenbelt – 9am-12pm. Easy 10K hike on the Lake Ray Roberts Greenbelt Corridor. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed. Bring water and a snack. Free. Meet at the Highway 380 Trailhead Park. 972-658-1281. Nature Walk at Twelve Hills Nature Center – 10am-12pm. Learn about native plants and the Blackland Prairie ecosystem on this naturalist-guided walk. Free. Twelve Hills Nature Center, 817 Mary Cliff Dr, Dallas. RSVP, Marcie Haley: MarcieH@


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American Art’s Changing Modes and Contexts Lecture Series – 3-4pm. Topic is “The Rise of the Avant-Garde.” TCU professor Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite examines the artistic and historical contexts of American art from the Colonial period through the 1950s. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. Landscape Design Series – Tuesdays thru Nov 20. 6-8pm. Arlington Water Utilities, in cooperation with the Arlington Library, is offering this threeclass series on the principles of landscape design, xeriscaping and recommended plants for Arlington. Free. Lake Arlington Branch Library, 4000 W Green Oaks Blvd, Community Rm, Arlington. 817-4596778. RSVP:

Evolutionary Enlightenment – Tuesdays thru Nov 13. 7-9pm. Five-week study based on Andrew Cohen’s book reveals a new kind of path, practice and philosophy; timeless freedom of spiritual awakening, the vastness of the evolving universe and the enormous responsibility that each of us holds for the future of culture, consciousness and cosmos. $10/love offering. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Planning a Whistler Ski Trip – 7-8:30pm. Instructor will offer benefit of four decades of experience skiing at Whistler. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 TOFGA’s Farmers Education Series – 8:30am4:30pm. Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association presents this workshop designed for anyone interested in farming or gardening. Topics include soils and compost, poultry management, farm equipment demos, certified naturally grown program, crop rotation and pasture management, marketing, land availability and resources. Farm tour included. Bring own brown bag lunch. $25/TOFGA members, $35/non-TOFGA members. Rose Creek Farms, 418 County Rd 2788, Sunset. 940-427-2609. Register:

organizations throughout Fort Worth, as well as at Central Market-Fort Worth. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 We Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth. 817989-4700.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Campfire at the Cabin– 6:30-8:30pm. Short night hike to the Minor-Porter Log House. Children will enjoy stories, a craft, toasted marshmallows and warm cider. $2 plus $5 regular admission. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Registration required: 972-219-3930 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 The Well – 10:30-11:30am. A contemporary worship experience featuring a visually engaging high-tech sensory experience to articulate the gospel. $10 love offering. St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W Plano Pkwy, Plano.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Central Market Feast – 2-7pm. Event will includes a turkey dinner, live entertainment, photos with Santa and a free gift for children. Vouchers available at various social service agencies, churches and nonprofit

Sharing Art through the Past – 10:30-11:45am. Designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, during this program, participants discuss artists, themes and exhibitions and use artworks to connect to past experiences. Email Visitors@CarterMuseum. org to receive helpful instructions. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.

Books ‘N Bugs – 10:30am-12:30pm. Story time features crafts, book reading, snack and butterfly release. $10/child, $8/member child. Adults pay regular admission. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas. Living Well Gratitude Party – 6:30-8:30pm. Mix and mingle and enjoy refreshments at this appreciation party hosted by Living Well Dallas. Giveaways and discounts offered to wellness products and services in Dallas. Living Well Health and Wellness Center, 14330 Midway Rd, Bldg 1, Ste 121, Dallas. RSVP: 972-930-0260 or

Bokashi Composting – 7-8pm. Learn how to recycle your food waste, even meat and dairy, into food for the soil using a traditional Japanese fermentation practice. Free. Davis Library, Bldg B, 7501 Independence Pkwy, Plano.

dens hosts its annual fall plant sale. Guided plant tour held 9-10am. A member’s preview offered for the first time on Nov 9 from 4-7pm. Free. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-8pm. Gourmet vegetarian cooking classes with Master Chef Manjuali Devi. $25 includes dinner. Kalachqandji’s, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889.



Destress Zone: Trauma Sensitive Yoga 4 Vets & Spouses – 3-4:30pm. Brief overview of how Yoga affects brain plasticity and other body systems. The work uses gentle yoga postures with mindfulnessbased cues, breath work and visualization to help participants cope when triggers emerge. Free. Healing Circle Center, 629 W Centerville Rd, Ste 212, Garland. Registration required: 214-232-5159. Tzivia@

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Arbor Day Run – 7:30am, registration. 5K/10K/ Hike. Nature lovers, tree huggers, outdoor enthusiasts, runners and walkers will enjoy this scenic run through Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. Supports Plano park improvements. $25/5K. $30/10K. Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, 2801 E Spring Creek, Plano. Bird Walk – 8-9:30am. Timbers Audubon Society conducts this guided bird walk thru the Heard Sanctuary. The walk, which lasts 1.5 hours, begins promptly. Free with regular admission. Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. White Rock Lake Cleanup – 8:15am. Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club’s adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Area is a prairie restoration area, so there are always birds and wildflowers. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Brunch after. Meet at Love of the Lake office, NE corner Garland Rd & Buckner Blvd, Dallas. Carol Nash: 214-824-0244.

American Art’s Changing Modes and Contexts Lecture Series – 3-4pm. Topic is “The Many Facets of Abstraction, 1920-40.” TCU professor Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite examines the artistic and historical contexts of American art from the Colonial period through the 1950s. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.

Green Source DFW Best Green Businesses Awards – 5-7pm. Green Source DFW will announce the winners of its Best Green Businesses Awards, determined by its readers’ choice poll. The People’s Last Stand, 5319 E Mockingbird Ln, Ste 210, Mockingbird Station, Dallas. Info: Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Presentations on Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains and interrelationships between environmental degradation and human population growth. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Frwy, Dallas. 972-699-1687.

Evolutionary Enlightenment – 7-9pm. Based on Andrew Cohen’s book reveals a new kind of path, practice and philosophy; timeless freedom of spiritual awakening, the vastness of the evolving universe and the enormous responsibility that each of us holds for the future of culture, consciousness and cosmos. $10/ love offering. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Backyard Composting– 9-10am. Arlington Master Composters will demonstrate how to improve the quality of your soil and spend less time and money fertilizing and watering your landscape. Free. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. 817-459-6778. Irrigation 101 Demonstration– 10am-11am. Arlington Water Utilities will discuss the basic parts of an irrigation system, typical maintenance issues, water scheduling techniques and water efficient technologies to save water and money. Free. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. 817-459-6778. The Human Journey, Part 2 – Saturdays thru Dec 1. 10am-1pm. Part 2 of The Human Journey begins around 3500 BCE, when humans developed the first societies. Program also touches on the early histories of the Cretan, Elamite, Hittite, Indian and Chinese civilizations. Love offering. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-233-7106. Fall Plant Sale – 11am-3pm. Texas Discovery Gar-

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-8pm. Gourmet vegetarian cooking classes with Master Chef Manjuali Devi. $25 includes dinner. Kalachqandji’s, 6315 Lindsley Ave. Dallas. 214-662-6889.

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New Adventures in Far West Texas – 7-8:30pm. The non-profit Texas Mountain Trail will share new opportunities in Big Bend, Fort Davis, Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the Franklin Mountains, including the Peak Fitness Challenge, a new free program. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Thanksgiving Market – 9am-1pm. Seasonal market held on Celebration’s heated patio, featuring vendors selling handmade crafts, jewelry, scarves, soaps, candles along with cookies, honey, jams, jellies and bread. Free. Celebration Restaurant, 4503 W Lovers Ln, Dallas. 214-352-0031. The Real “Lord of the Flies” – 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn what makes a fly a fly and why so many of

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Black Friday Ride – 10am. An alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This casual paced ride explores route options available to Richardson cyclists. The group will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes. Details TBA:

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 The Human Journey, Part 2 – Saturdays thru Dec 1. 10am-1pm. Part 2 of The Human Journey, continues at around 3500 B.C.E, when humans developed the first societies. Program also touches on the early histories of the Cretan, Elamite, Hittite, Indian and Chinese civilizations. $10/love offering per class. Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Ln, Dallas. 972-2337106.


American Art’s Changing Modes and Contexts Lecture Series – 3-4pm. Topic is “Society, Politics, and Identity, 1920s-40s.” TCU professor Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite examines the artistic and historical contexts of American art from the Colonial period through the 1950s. Free. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.


Wreath Workshop – 7-8pm. Participants will be making wreaths from natural and other materials. Check website for materials to bring. Free. Arlington Historical Society, 1616 W Abram St, Arlington. Backpacking Basics – 7-8:30pm. Overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. 972-490-5989.

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daily Energy Blast – Exhibit tells the dynamic story of energy and alternative energy resources in North Texas, the Barnett Shale, and the innovative pioneers who continue to make energy a leading industry in the region. Ages 11 & up. Included in $14/adult, $10/ child admission. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300.

Live Animals of the World: A Conservation Exhibit – Museum houses 12 types of non-native animals, encouraging visitors to take a proactive role in conserving wild spaces. $9/adults, $6/children 3-12 & seniors, free/members & children ages 2 & under. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. 972-562-5566. The IMAX Experience: Ft Worth – Showtimes online. Features include Titanica, To the Arctic, Coral Reef Adventure, Ring of Fire, The Polar Express. $7/adults, $6/children 2-12 & seniors. Ft Worth Museum of Science & History, Omni Theater, 1600 Gendy St, Ft Worth. 817-255-9300. The Magic School Bus – Children ride with Ms. Frizzle and friends for a whirling journey into weather adventures. Send hot air balloons soaring, make a snowflake, or mix up wild weather. Museum of Nature & Science, 3535 Grand Ave, Dallas. Tickets: 214-428-5555. Cedars Food Park at Dallas Heritage Village – Wed-Fri, 11am-2pm for lunch; Thurs 5-10pm for dinner, entertainment and beer and wine from local establishments. A collaboration between 18 of Dallas’ best gourmet food trucks and the Dallas Heritage Village, this is Dallas’ only food truck venue in a park setting. Food prices from $2-$9; a portion of the proceeds go to Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S Harwood, Dallas.

Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries – Thru Jan 20. 11am-5pm, Tues-Sun; open until 9pm Thurs. Exhibition explores the earliest days of the affiche artistique (artistic poster) and its flowering in Paris, first under Chéret in the 1870s and 1880s, and then with a new generation of artists including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and Edouard Vuillard. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, free/children under 12. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Top Ten Wine Selections – 5-7pm, weekdays; 126pm, weekends. Wine tastings and, as always, you can pick up your favorite cheese pairings from a amazing selection of delicious cheeses from around the world. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993. Happy Hour at Bar Alto – 5-7pm, weekdays. Take $1 off selections of wine by the glass. Sit back at the bar or in the cafe and relax while you eat a bite or


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sunday Sunday Service/Meditation and Purification – 9-11:45am. Spend a Sunday morning with likeminded people for meditation, chanting, an inspirational talk, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, and the uplifting Festival of Light. 9-9:45am, Meditation and Purification. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126. Dynamic Meditation – 10-11am. One of the active meditations compiled by Osho. Breath, jump, scream and shout, let it all go, then be in the bliss of silence and stillness; finish with dance of celebration and “be” different. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Krafty Kids – 12pm. Seasonal crafts each week. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381. NorthPark@

Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Live Well with Living Well – 2:30-4pm. 3rd Sun. Innovative and informative talks, panels and interactive mini-workshops with the professionals of Living Well Dallas. Preregistration required; space limited. $5. Move Studio, 17062 Preston Rd, Dallas. 972-930-0260. For class schedule: Kundalini Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Includes chakra sounds and breathing techniques. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157. Awakening Heart Meditation – 5-7pm. Interfaith mindfulness meditation, music and message based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing and friends. Childcare provided. Donation accepted. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871.

monday Dance Exercise Class – 9:15-10:15am. Mon-Thurs. Easy-to-follow routines featuring Jacki Sorensen’s creative choreography and a variety of music and artists. Start anytime. 3-wk sample: $25. Flexible attendance and payment plans available. Cimmaron Park Rec Center in Valley Ranch, 201 Red River Tl, Irving. 972-281-3075. Special Discounts on Select Items – 5:30-10pm. Zen Sushi, 380 W 7th St, Dallas. 214-946-9699.

Hot Yoga Community Class – 5:45-6:45pm. A combination of energetic vinyasa flow, power yoga and balance poses. Students focus on twists, holding asanas and strengthening the core muscles. Hands on adjustments, enhancements and assists from the instructors. Modifications for all body types and ages. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak. Meditation Class – 6:45-7:45pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Clear the mind to gain clarity of personal goals and improve health. $5. Institute for Total Wellness, 1700 Commerce St, Ste 1400, Dallas. RSVP: 214-717-6300. Laughing Yoga – 7-8pm. Healthy and playful experience that helps the body to move easily, freely, and genuinely laugh. Free, donations accepted. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

Cosmic Dance – 7:30-9pm. Dance and disappear into deep stillness. Take your energy to a new height, be a child, reactivate your senses. Donation $5. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214521-6157. Sufi/Zen Poetry – 8pm. Readings from the esoteric masters at the Community Table. All dimensions welcome. Free. Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Dr, Dallas. 214-521-6157.

tuesday Zumba – 9-9:30am. Latin dance inspired exercise in a fun 30-min class. $5. Curves, 11909 Preston Rd, Ste 1486, Dallas. 213-866-0399.

Zen Lemon – 6-7pm. Yoga class for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon-Galleria, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, 3080, Dallas. 972-385-2316. Lululemon. com/Dallas/DallasGalleria.

PUBlic Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adult gathering celebrating brains and brew, featuring science, history, and guests from diverse fields, presented at a local bar or restaurant. Location: 817-255-9300.

COH Donation Yoga Class – 7-8pm. Yoga flow class for all levels. Bring own yoga mat. Free. Donations accepted benefit local missions. Community of Hope UMC, 1800 E Debbie Ln, Mansfield. 817453-2328.

Guided Meditation Class: Beginner Friendly – 7-9pm. Facilitated by Brother ChiSing. For beginners and more advanced practitioners who want to supplement their silent practice with guided meditations. Each month has a theme. $10-$25 donation. Limited to 12. Dallas Meditation Center, 727 S Floyd Rd, Richardson. 972-432-7871.

Group Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditate with like-minded friends to access inner peace, calmness and joy. Free. Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center, 4901 Keller Springs Rd, Ste 103, Addison. 972-248-9126.

Country and Western Dance Lessons – 7:30-9pm. 3-week, 2-step series, then 3-week waltz series. Sandunga Dance Studio, 2155 Marsh Ln, Carrollton. Info, cost: 972-418-1600.

wednesday Dallas Greendrinks – 2nd Wed. Meet for happy hour with other eco-conscious people. No cover, buy own drinks. Location TBD. DallasGreendrinks@

Eat Organic on a Budget – 10:30am. Value tour of Whole Foods store teaching the tricks to getting the most for one’s dollars. Whole Foods Market, 4100 Lomo Alto Dr, Highland Park. 214-520-7993.

Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:15am. Moves the whole body through a complete series of seated and standing poses. Coppell Senior & Community Center, 345 W Bethel Rd, Coppell. 972-462-5136. Read and Learn – 10:30-11:30am. Features musicians, storytellers and puppets performing for newborns to 6 yr olds. Reading activity is followed by a guest performer. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214-671-1381.

Chanting HU – 7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Try chanting HU and find out how 20 min can change your life. HU means happiness, balance, harmony, peace and the loss of fear. It has been used by many different spiritual groups including Ecankar as a sacred name for God. Lotus Yoga, 6337 Prospect Ave, Dallas. 214-425-5343.

friday MoMe Yoga – 10:30am. Mother-child yoga and nursery rhymes, specifically for moms of infants and toddlers. Bring a mat. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Ctrl Expy, Dallas. 214671-1381. Health Orientation Class – 12:30pm. See Thurs listing. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000. Urban Yoga Charity Class – 4:30-6pm. Karma flow class with all proceeds going to a local cause and/or charity. Urban Yoga, 1706 8th Ave, Ft Worth. 817-908-FLOW.


Baby Bounce Basics – 12:30-1pm. Activities for moms/caregivers and infants up to 24 months old with interactive music, nursery rhymes and stories. Dallas Public Library, Bookmarks Branch, 8687 N Central Exp, Ste, Dallas. 214-671-1381.

CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with over 125 highly trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-7706872. Health Orientation Class – 6:15pm. Class on the benefits of proper spinal alignment for good health and preventing sickness. Free. Aspire Health Clinic, 10440 N Ctrl Expy, Ste 124, Dallas. 214-234-0000.

Dallas Organic Garden Club – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. Monthly meeting. REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas. Chill Yoga 101 – 6:45-7:45pm. No heat vinyasa flow, come and chill. Yoga is significant to everyone in a personal and unique way. To breathe, feel and let go for a moment, is the beauty of Yoga. Beginners, post-natal, all levels welcome. $12 suggested donation. Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio, 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak.

Vegetarian Cooking Class – 7-9pm. Gourmet Indian vegetarian cooking with master chef Manjuali Devi. $25. Kalachandji’s Community Hall, 5430 Gurlay Ave, Dallas. 214-662-6889. Danny@

Shoreline Spruceup – 9am. 2nd Sat. Help keep White Rock Lake clean. Enjoy the company, visit with friends, paddle some kayaks, receive thanks form other lake users and collect lots of trash. Meet in the parking lot of Jackson Point on the west side of the park. Jackson Point, 4200 W Lawther Dr, Dallas. 214-669-1663. Om in the Park – 9-10am. Yoga classes for all levels. Bring a towel and water. Free. Lululemon Athletica – Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas. 214-234-0305. Coppell Farmers’ Market – Nov 3, 10 & 17. 9am1pm. One of the best community markets in the DFW area, is a one-stop shopping trip for fresh, seasonal produce, pastured meats, eggs, breads and locally made foods. Find bedding plants for spring/summer color, herbs or vegetables. 793 S Coppell Rd, Coppell. Target First Saturdays – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Family activities including art scavenger hunts, family tours, yoga, story time and live performances. Free. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214-2425100. Four Seasons Market – Thru Dec 29. 10am-3pm. The market replicates a European-style market where you can not only meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, but also sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. NTX Center, 677 W Campbell Rd, Richardson.

Audubon Center Third Thursday – 9am-9pm. Free admission 3rd Thurs each month. Guided hikes throughout the day; riverbend picnic site overlooking the river. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. Tarrant County Greenweavers – 11:30am12:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Networking for professionals and companies who are green-minded, eco-friendly or wishing to become more so. $1. Prudential Worldwide Realtors, 1727 Keller Pkwy, Keller. Meetup. com/DFW-Tarrant-County-Greenweavers.


‘Til Midnight at the Nasher – 6pm-12am. 3rd Fri. All ages. Outdoor evening series featuring local bands and movies, alfresco dining, gallery tours and more. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $5/students, free/12 & under, members. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas. 214-242-5100. Friday Night Bike Ride – 7-9pm. Twelve-mile social bicycle ride around White Rock Lake with 5 stops to keep the group together. All skill levels welcome. Helmets required and lights/water recommended. Post-ride eats at Jake’s. New Dallas Bike Works Parking Lot, 4875 W Lawther Dr, Dallas.

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Family Events – 1-3:30pm. Discover a new artmaking activity each month. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Family Bird Watching – 2-4pm. 1st Sat. Beginners and families with children ages 5-13. Learn basic skills in outdoor fun like camping, birding, nature journaling and more. $20/adult, $10/child. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S Loop 12, Dallas. 214-398-8722. Animals on the Air – 3-4pm. Live radio show explores the world of wild animals and domestic pets. Q&A on taking care of pets. Listener contests to win prizes. Hosted by Sean Greene, deputy director of the Dallas Zoo and Dr Nancy Turner, veterinarian from the Bent Tree Animal Hospital. Station KSKY 660 AM.

PRACTITIONER SPACE FOR LEASE ROOM FOR LEASE within a beautiful and easy to access Wellness Center located in north Ft. Worth. Energize your business by co-location with a naturopath, masseuse and licensed family counselor. For information call 817-847-0900 or visit our website at SPACE FOR LEASE WITHIN THE DALLAS MEDITATION CENTER. Tranquil energy, lovely interior, community spirit, convenient, central location. Rates range from $400 to $800 per month. 727 S. Floyd Rd., Richardson, TX 75080, 972-432-7871.

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Dr. Jennifer Taylor & Dr Christy Porterfield Nancy L. Corsaro, L.Ac 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano, TX 2840 Keller Springs Rd. Suite 301, 972-612-1800 Carrollton, TX 214-793-5684 Family healthcare encompassing all stages of life. We offer ic, gentle Chiropractic care with Do you have pain, digestive issues an emphasis on patient education or allergies? Perhaps you want to including: How a healthy nervous lose weight, quit smoking or find system keeps you well, nutrition, relief from stress. Acupuncture detoxification, exercise, and emoand herbs can help these and many tional freedom. Complementary weekly workshops other conditions.  This ancient available. Mention this ad and receive your first visit healing modality can also help you for only $27.00. This is a $265.00 value and includes maintain good health and balance.   a consultation, comprehensive history and examinae Services • Reiki • Deep NancyIncluding: Corsaro is aAcupuncture Texas-licensed acupuncturist and Tissue tion as Massage well as all necessary x-rays. Formerly Taylor Chinese herbalist and is nationally board-certified Family Chiropractic. erapy • Pregnancy Massage • Acupressure • Chinese Herbology in acupuncture (NCCAOM).  Call for a free phone HEIKKINEN CHIROPRACTIC or office 15-minute consultation.




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Carlos Chapa, MS, L.Ac, Dipl. OM 8350 N. MacArthur Blvd , Suite177, Irving, TX 972-444-0660 Valley Ranch Acupuncture is your source for quality, comprehensive health care. This is what truly separates Eastern & Western Medicine. We treat the Root, not simply the symptoms. If you struggle with chronic pain, want to experience wellness naturally, or if traditional therapies have failed you, it may be time to consider Valley Ranch Acupuncture. Our Practitioners are Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist & Herbalist, practicing medicine for over 25 years combined.


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Dr. Ray Nannis 1600 Plano Rd, Richardson 972-671-2225 Nannis Chiropractic Family Health Center is a professional but comfortable atmosphere with family style treatment rooms. Our emphasis is on patient education including workshops and demonstrations. With our high tech computer nervous system scanning we provide Subluxation Station Bio Analysis and we offer you the benefit of our advanced training in acupuncture techniques as well as post graduate training in neurology, orthopedics, headaches, TMJ, rehabilitation, sports injuries, and whiplash. Special Services offered include Spinal Decompression, BioVeda Allergy Relief Center and Free Reports. We encourage you to make preventative health and wellness a personal priority while partnering with you on your road to optimal health. We pride ourselves on discovering the cause of your health concern rather than only managing symptoms.


Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C. 12740 Hillcrest rd, Suite 138, Dallas, TX 972-387-4700 The only National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association practitioner (NUCCA) in Dallas-Ft Worth. This Chiropractic specialty provides a “gentle” approach with no cracking or popping. It restores optimal balance to the entire spine – thus solving issues such as low back pain, allergies, Asthma, constipation, digestive problems, neck pain, Scoliosis, herniated disc and hyperactivity. Dr Yu “guarantees” to tell you upfront whether or not you can be helped by NUCCA. Free consultation. Call for appointment. See ad on page 27.


Jill Allison Bryan P.O. Box 180913, Dallas, TX 214-232-8656 Do you wish you had time in your busy life to pursue your creative passions? Do you long to feel energized, inspired and fulfilled by creativity? As a certified creativity coach, Jill will help you: Stop procrastinating • Move past perfectionism, fear and overwhelm • Enjoy focus and follow-through • Replace time-consuming habits with creative satisfaction • Move past blocks and live a more joyous, fulfilling life E-mail to schedule a free 30-min. coaching session today.


Dr. Rebeca Gracia, 1130 Dragon St, Suite 190, Dallas, TX 214-741-3332 Centrally located in the Design District, Whole Life Pharmacy seeks to help patients achieve positive therapeutic outcomes by providing customized medications, which have been specifically formulated and prepared for them by compounding pharmacists. As a designer pharmacy, we specialize in customized therapy for patients who may be unable to take traditionally manufactured therapeutic products. The primary products produced by Whole Life Pharmacy include alternative dosage forms, strengths and combinations. You will also want to check out our Soap bar and other natural and therapeutic products including gummy treats, beauty aids and products for healthy paws. Call or come by for consultation.

COUNSELING eCubed Counseling & Consulting Shannon Alexander 1513 Potomac, Richardson, TX 214-796-9624

Are you living the life you’ve always imagined? Life is limited. Do the unexpected. Dare to become the person you are intended to be – today. We are on a mission to equip clients with resources needed to reach peak performance and success. We Educate, Empower and Encourage you to become all you are intended to be. Through a solution-focused approach in coaching: personal, career, business, leadership and Special Needs, life independence, we restore balance, focus, direction, self- development and growth. Collaboratively we identify goals, overcome limiting beliefs, create a POWER plan, and establish ownership and accountability for reaching the desired outcome. Sessions are uniquely tailored and can be virtual or on-site. If you are ready to make a change, taking your personal and professional life to new heights, contact us today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.


11600 Welch Road, Dallas 214- 363-6311 Established almost 100 years ago, The Hockaday School provides a college preparatory education for girl; from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, including Boarding school for grades 8-12. With an enrollment of approximately 1000 students and a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Hockaday students enjoy a 100% acceptance rate to college. Notable Hockaday alumni include Barbara and Jenna Bush, Dixie Carter, and Pamela Willeford.


12345 Inwood Rd, Dallas 972-387-8700 Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, founded in 1942 is a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. It’s located on a 27-acre campus in North Dallas and provides a student-centered Catholic Jesuit education to approximately 1,000 students in grades 9-12 with an 11:1 student-teacher ratio. Jesuit Dallas students’ average SAT scores exceed the national average by more than 200 points.


Locations: 3520 S. Marvin D. Love Frwy, Dallas 888-880-4276 2901 W Airport Frwy, Irving 866-807-3216 4225 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano 888-868-9915 Don Herring Mitsubishi located in Dallas, Irving, and Plano takes pride in offering the best selection of new and used vehicles to the Dallas and DFW Metroplex areas. The new Mitsubishi, all Electric Vehicle, i-MIEV is ready for immediate delivery. No money down financing is available on most new Mitsubishi’s. Visit Don Herring online or come by and see why Don Herring is the #1Mitsubishi Dealer in North Texas. We recognize your time is valuable, and strive to make your shopping experience easy and to offer you the lowest price available online. We pledge to beat any advertised offer in the Metroplex. See ad on page 2.


835 W. Davis, Dallas, TX 214-942-1030 From the Ends of the Earth is a FAIR TRADE WORLD IMPORTS store located in the exciting new Oak Cliff Arts District. We carry a large variety of items from around the world, and can’t wait to meet you when you stop in to shop. Our offerings include clothing and accessories, home décor, writing tablets and pens, music and instruments, and handmade cards. To see a sampling of our offerings go to


Preston-Campbell Center 17062 Preston Rd # 108 Dallas, TX 972-732-0206 Find more than the treadmill of traditional fitness at Move Studio, an inspiring North Dallas studio for dance, Pilates, yoga, Nia, fitness and movement experiences for grown-ups. Since 2000, we’ve been helping people move with more joy and ease and providing a unique alternative to traditional fitness facilities, yoga centers and dance studios. Customize and enhance your workout with personal training or small group sessions on the Pilates Equipment. Move with style and attitude in Hip Hop and Zumba classes. Express yourself through Zensual Dance, Bellydance, and the Nia Technique. Move through pregnancy and birthing with ease in our prenatal and postnatal classes. Enjoy unique workshops, concerts and special events. Experience the healing effects of Far Infrared Sauna therapy. Rejuvenate and reinspire your routine by rediscovering the joy of purposeful movement.


4625 Frankford Rd, Suite 317, Dallas 214-382-2644 Whether you’re looking for a one-time cleaning or a complete housekeeping solution, ECOMAIDS can accommodate virtually any schedule. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and other cleaning regimens. We also offer evening and weekend appointments for our clients’ busiest schedules. ECOMAIDS can also accommodate any budget. We understand that affordability is a concern especially these days. Let us know what you’re able to invest each month, and we’ll customize a cleaning regimen that will keep your home fresh and clean without breaking the bank. Call for an estimate.


800-351-9542 We have been programmed to believe that the “smell” of clean comes from highly advertised commercial cleaners. Don’t be deceived! The smell is really highly toxic fumes disguised with fragrances which creates dangerous levels of indoor air pollution! If your family suffers from asthma, allergies or illnesses, reclaim their wellbeing TODAY. Give them the gift of clean air. Try our SafeHaven Healthy Home Residential Cleaning Services or the exclusive SafeHaven AllNatural Cleaning product line we use. Order online, by email or by phone. We only exist to provide you true green cleaning options because “We Care About the Air You Breathe. Servicing all of DFW.

GREEN PEST CONTROL ECOFRIENDS PEST CONTROL P.O. Box 671281,Dallas TPCL #13982 972-484-7287 EcoFriendsPestControl

Chemicalfree pest control that works. Protect your family, pets, home and environment with our customized treatments using botanical products. Rid your home and environment of roaches, rodents, mosquitoes, fleas, termites and ants an have the kind of environment Mother Nature wants you to have. We treat your home like we treat our hom and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Call 972-484-7287 for a free consultation and estimate. See ad on page 8.

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Leslie Duong 5917 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 214-887-8325 AC Herbs and Vitamins specialLeslie Duong is a licensed Herbalist, BS Biology, and Health Nutritionist, with 14 years of experience in Chinese Natural Herbs, Leslie will sit down with you to conduct a private and personal evaluation of your health. You can assured that her many years of experience will start to help you feel better in no time. She can help with Prostate, Cancer, Hepatitis A,B,C, Detoxing, Cholesterol, Fertility, Impotency, Lupus, Thyroid, Menopause, Diabetes, Depression, Drug Detox, Skin Problems, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Weight Loss. Free Consultation Available. Call to schedule you appointment. See ad on page 12.


Dr. Latonia Smith 2701 Osler, Suite 10, Grand Prairie 972-641-2400 A different kind of dentistry where the focus is on health not disease. Our goal is to provide dentistry that enhances your overall health and improves the quality of your life. Have the smile you have always wanted with straight, white teeth. We use Invisalign instead of metal brackets and offer other services using simple and effective methods that are less invasive. We offer the most bio-compatible treatments available. Call 972-641-2400 to schedule your initial consultation. See ad on page 31. C=40 M=0 Y=0 K=0

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HOMEOPATHY Dr. Alex Bekker

6500 Mockingbird Ln, Suite 115, Dallas 214-821-3133 Dr. Bekker is a physician specializing in homeopathy, which is a medicinal therapy which uses natural substances that stimulate the person’s own vitality to overcome illness, and restore health. Some of the conditions treated are Childhood Illness, Autism, Asthma, Allergies, Auto-Immune Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and many other conditions. The result of homeopathic treatment is the permanent cure of the individual and the restoration of health.


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Keith Clark, LMT 11311 North Central Expressway, Suite 211, Dallas, TX 214- 315-2959

Keith Clark is a licensed massage therapist in private practice utilizing many massage modalities during sessions to promote the importance of body maintenance. Whether you need a massage to relax and reduce stress, to recharge your fatigued muscles, or to assist in alleviating chronic pain, you’ll find the style of massage, you need here. Massage can help address a number of health issues including: Low-back pain, Improve range of motion, Ease medication dependence, Enhance immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defense system, Exercise and stretch muscles, Help athletes prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts, Improve the condition of the skin, Increase joint flexibility and lessen depression and anxiety. Call or go online for an appointment. REVIVIFY.

MEDICAL DR. KAREN ASBURY, MD INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Dr. Karen Asbury, MD 2313 LaVida Place, Plano 972- 867-7790

The practice of Dr. Asbury is on the cutting-edge of Integrative Medicine. We specialize in a combination of Internal Medicine and Alternative Care, using the best of both. We believe the body is a wonderfully functioning system that was designed to be self healing, if given what it needs. Are you tired of drugs and conventional medicine? Do you want to address the cause of disease and not just the symptoms? Do you want natural solutions to chronic diseases? Dr. Asbury provides all aspects of adult care including full preventive evaluations and comprehensive treatment of chronic diseases. Call 972-867-7790 for an appointment or a free Consult. See ad on page 11.


Constantine A. Kotsanis, MD 2260 Pool Road, Grapevine, TX 817-756-1896

Dr. Constantine A. Kotsanis is an unconventional medical doctor who travels the globe in search of answers to today’s health problems. His approach is to blend modern conventional medicine with the time-tested wisdom of older disciplines, creating unique treatments for each person. Having taken the time to become a certified nutritionist himself, Dr. Kotsanis believes the foundation of any treatment is proper nutrition. He applies this belief to treating conditions ranging from autism spectrum to chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. Come Have Lunch with the Family - The public is invited to our FREE monthly Lunch & Learns. It’s a great way to meet the staff and doctor while learning more about health. We provide a gluten-free recipe from the Kotsanis Institute’s own cookbook “Food for Thought” (available on Each month is a different topic. Find the schedule on our website www.


Norm Forbes 337-353-796 PureBox provides eco-friendly, easy to use moving boxes for residential, commercial & special event needs. Rent our reusable boxes instead of buying cardboard and we will deliver to your home or office. PureBoxes are lightweight, stackable, nest-able and perfectly designed to keep your belongings organized and secure. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your next move faster, cheaper, greener & less stressful. Stop wasting your time & money on Earth-polluting cardboard. See ad on page 23.

NATUROPATH Well Natural Health

Dr. Marinette Paredes 4230 Avondale Ave, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 214-520-8108 Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine. Encouraging individuals to participate in optimizing their well-being. Services include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and wellness counseling. For more information and to schedule an appointment call 214-520-8108. Be Well.


Dr Stephanie Golder & Mindy Fritz 10000 North Central Expressway #400, Dallas, TX 214-642-3976 Specializing in the reduction or elimination of disorders, including anxiety, depression, migraine, ADD (AD/HD), behavioral disorders, learning disability, and many others, utilizing neurofeedback and Christian counseling. Our goal is to help our clients achieve improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Neurofeedback is a proven, effective treatment that is non-invasive and does not involve medication. Call 214-642-3976 for a consultation.

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NUTRITION Living Well Health and Wellness Center

Betty Murray, CN, HHC, Ryt 14330 Midway Rd, Suite 121, Dallas, TX 972-930-0260 Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Betty has a knack for making the science of nutrition easy to understand and implement. Betty specializes in metabolic and digestive disorders and weight loss resistance. A master of the bio-chemistry of the body, Betty teaches clients how to utilize nutritional interventions to improve their health. Call 972-9300260 today to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to see if nutrition counseling is right for you.

Natural Health Shop

400 North Coit Rd, Suite 1902, Richardson 972-664-1990 Everyday low prices on over 9,000 health and wellness products Natural and supplements. We specialize in special orders. Groceries, suppleHealth ments, sports nutrition, beauty special needs nutrition, Shop products, massage, detox. Located at the intersection of Coit and Roundrock. Open 7 days a week. See ad on page 16.

ORGANIC FOODS TEXAS DAILY HARVEST Fisher Lane, Yantis, TX 903-335-1758


877-604-8208 ext. 702 Organic mattresses – safe, allergy-free, temperaturecontrolled sleeping system. Experience your best night’s sleep ever with revolutionary composition of lavender, swiss herbs, hi-tech materials. Our Swiss made Aven02 mattresses are 40% more durable than most existing products on the market. Organic Bedroom Inc is exclusive US retail distributor of Aven02 organic mattresses. Call for appointment. Get 2 coupon offers for November purchase.


5207 Bonita, Dallas 972-587-7835 Certified Organic Salon located in Uptown Dallas in the Knox-Henderson District. Glitz is Dallas’ premiere certified vegan Salon, using animal-cruelty-free products that have none of the toxic chemicals found in most professional color lines. Offering a full suite of organic products and services, our services include Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Hair Straightening and Real Hair Extensions. Glitz salon is unique and personable and provides a warm and welcoming environment in a beautifully renovated house in one of the Dallas’ hippest new neighborhoods. Stop by today and see what the buzz is about for yourself. Walk-ins accepted. See ad on page 13.


We are a Certified Organic Farm producing milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, pork, eggs and produce in East Texas. Our products area available in many stores in the Metroplex and in Austin, and we are now offering Neighborhood Delivery and a CSA. Please call or see our website at to sign up for Neighborhood Delivery.


CR 45, Earth, TX 214-908-2569 Providing other families with clean and great tasting dairy products made from our sustainable, organic certified, West Texas native grass pastures of contented, happy, and humanely treated cows is the mission of Three Happy Cows. Our products are free of any added hormones, antibiotics, toxic chemical pesticides or herbicides. Due to the nature of the nutritional diet of our cows, our products have a wonderful fresh taste and maintains their flavor. Three Happy Cows products can be found at Central Market, Natural Grocers, Rosemeade Market, Cupboard, and Local Yocal. See ad on page 31.



Jon & Laura Petersen Anna, TX 972-924-2722 Alfresco Living designs and installs outdoor improvements that make your outdoor rooms nicer. We take the time to design your Landscape Lighting to fit your lifestyle. Water Features, Mosquito Misting, Cool Fogging, Rain Water Harvesting and Christmas Lighting to take your outdoor living environment to the next level of pure enjoyment and a place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of a waterfall in a mosquito free evening while your landscape lights highlight the focal points of your yard.

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Dr. Nancy Bozeman 621 N. Little School Rd, Kennedale 817-572-2400 As an alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Nancy Bozeman emphasizes your pet’s entire well-being by taking a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. Offering a full range of conventional and complementary modalities including Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser Therapy, NAET, Nutrition Counseling and we offer Vaccination titers. Come visit our comfortable, pet-friendly, homey office environment. See ad on page 29.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. ~ Emo Philips


Eric Pratt, Owner 1920 Abrams Pkwy #387, Dallas, TX 214-732-4721 We are professional Pet Lovers and we promise to treat your pet like precious members of the family they are. We provide pet services to owners who are not only away from home on vacation but also away from home because of a long day at work. We pride ourselves in giving each pet special attention according to their breed, character and age. Contact us for full information and pricing based on your pet’s needs.


Dallas, TX 214-810-1785 Energy efficient, attractive and durable Dog Doors professionally installed. Let your dogs and cats live large with the freedom they deserve by getting a professionally installed Wall pet door in any type of wall, Door dog door, Screen pet door, Dog door right in the glass, or Pet door panel insert for a sliding glass patio door. Don’t be trapped into thinking that your dog door must be installed in a door. With Lone Star Dog Doors you will benefit from our many years of remodeling experience plus we use Hale Pet Door products, representing the highest quality in the industry. Call 214-810-1785 today so we can install “Your Pet’s Doorway to Living Large” in the Dallas area.

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Stephanie Ebbesen-Stuer 214-563-5769 Green Home Residential is the first green residential real estate brokerage in North Texas to specializing in healthy, sustainable high performing real estate. Return on your green home investment can show up in increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality and health, decrease in waste, and reduced water consumption, among other things. Get the professionals at Green home Residential to find the shade of green that fits our real estate needs. We will customize services based on your requests and show you how to take advantage of government programs and incentives. Green living is healthy and healthy living is green. Call us for a complimentary consultation.


6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas 214-331-8522 Church that Grows people. Services are Sundays at 7:30am, 9:15am, 11:00am, 12:45am, and online at Mid-week service is Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Reverend Bryan L. Carter, Senior Pastor.


Nance Woods 330 Market St, Baird, TX Stress? Illness? Injury? Biofeedback could be the answer. Distance sessions available. Quantum Zen also offers Human BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling and Nance is a highly sought after Reiki Master/ Teacher. Trying to sell your house but it just won’t sell? Keep getting an “unfriendly” feeling around your property? Property clearing is available. Quantum Zen is a holistic wellness center specializing in stress management located west of the metroplex on Interstate 20.


Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Suite 405 Dallas, Tx 214-352-8758 Offering full body Regulation Thermography, including the breast. It can detect abnormalities in the very earliest of stages, many times finding the underlying causes of disease. Regulation Thermography looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed giving a ‘living dynamic view.’ Consultations, further evaluation and follow up care are offered as well.


Dr. Karen Goodwin 4100McEwen, Suite 130, Dallas 214-295-9631 We offer state-of-the-art camera Thermography for breast, neurological disorders, and metabolic disorders. The Center also offer hormone testing, blood and other laboratory evaluation and simple consultation to review all findings for prescribed procedures. Offering natural, safe therapies to alleviate dysfunction and prevent disease. Services include detoxification, and nutritional programs and protocols.


Jon & Christi Hurley 615-653-5228 Drink coffee and burn fat. Join thousands of other coffee and tea drinkers who have lost those unwanted pounds. Try the Bfit challenge today! Call Christi at 615653-5228 and get ready for a fitter, healthier you! See ad on page 29.

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Jennifer Trejo, Naturopath 3345 Western Center Blvd, Suite 140 Ft Worth, TX 817-847-0900 Services include: BioSET, which locates and corrects imbalances in the body through detoxification, enzyme therapy, homeopathy, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations; breast thermography which can detect cancer forming up to 8 years before other detection devices, with no radiation exposure or compression; saliva hormone testing and correction using homeopathic hormones; thyroid testing and balancing; metabolism testing; weight loss; IonCleanse foot Detox and oxygen steam sauna. See ad on page 25.


1651 Wall Street, Garland 972- 864-1934 Rohde’s helps you get and maintain beautiful Yards and Gardens in a chemical-free environment. We know organics better than anyone else. Organic yards and gardens require less water, have fewer insects and diseases and result in better health for you, your family and the environment. We will give you the guidance you need either in our store or at your home. Products and services include Landscaping and maintenance, natural fertilizer, natural insect control, unique garden gift items, pet food for dogs and cats, and a large selection of native and drought-tolerant plants. Call the experts today at 972-864-1934. See ad on page 21.

YOGA DYNAMIC YOGA & FITNESS STUDIO BY YOGA 4 LOVE Lisa Ware 558 Bluebird Ln, Red Oak, TX 469-437-1334

Dynamic Yoga and Fitness Studio by Yoga 4 Love was born from a long and fruitful yoga practice and whirlwind of a yoga teaching career from the owner and founder Lisa Ware, Registered Yoga Teacher. She and her Dynamic Team Staff along with her husband and co owner Richard Ware, decided that Red Oak was ready for something totally fresh and new. Most of our yoga classes are HOT yoga, and if you have yet to experience this wonderful practice you are in for a treat. Certified instructors will motivate you and help you set your sights high to achieve your goals, both in and out of the studio. We are Mind, Body Spirit based to nurture the whole you. We are not a gym. We are unique studio where you can commune with like- minded individuals.

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1. Preston 214-360-7569 6100 Luther Ln, Dallas 75225 2. Royal 214-613-2841 5960 Royal Ln, Dallas 75230 3.SMU 214-520-6878 6403 Hillcrest, Dallas 75205 4. Lemmon 214-780-0602 4015 Lemmon Ave, Dallas 75219

5. Flowermound 972-899-3548 2550 Crosstimbers Rd, Flowermound 75028 6. Frisco 214-436-4410 3580 Preston Rd, Suite 107, Frisco 75034 7. Southlake 214-436-4410 2600 E. Southlake Blvd, #160, Southlake 76092 8. Mockingbird & Greenville 214-515-9113 5706 E. Mockingbird Ln, Highland Park 75205




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be air aware wi th ai r no rth texas

The North Texas ozone season has ended, but it will begin again in March. Start preparing for the next ozone season by making an ozone season action plan. What will you do on Air Pollution Watch days to help improve air quality? Visit to view and commit to strategies for next year.

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Natural Awakenings Dallas Metroplex Magazine Nov 2012 issue  

The green, healthy and sustainable living authority for the DFW Metroplex and north Texas communities

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